On-the-go organic beauty products
There was a time when most people’s beauty regime was basin-bound: man or woman, the bathroom was the place for primping and preening. But times have changed. So much so that according to research company Mintel, the fast pace of modern urban life has triggered a dramatic shift in how we view our grooming routines, with an increasing number looking for more portable solutions to skin and haircare issues.
These days, we’re just as likely to be getting ready for the day ahead while on public transport (I’m in awe of women who apply liquid eyeliner on the bumpy Bakerloo line) or adding the finishing touches for a night out while still in the office.
Lunchtime gym sessions, meanwhile, mean we pretty much have to start with skin and haircare again midway through the day. It’s not hard to see the appeal of on-the-go products, and if you’re a fan of organic beauty, you’ll probably want the tools in your bag to be as natural as those in your bathroom.
GREEN FOR GO
Thankfully, there are plenty of on-the-go products for organic aficionados: The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil (a dinky multi-tasker) is just as good for conditioning skin as it is hair; Avalon Organics’ Daily Moisturiser is ideal for combating the moisture-robbing effects of office air-con; and Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Organic Defence Hand Spray utilises the bacteria-busting properties of witch-hazel and a raft of organic oils to keep your mitts free of the nasties that hitch a lift during the daily commute.
Organic skincare brand Acorelle, meanwhile, have a great selection of organic roll-on perfumes, including genderless creations like Tea Garden, which blends green tea with notes of lemon, patchouli and cedarwood and is great for gym bags and coat pockets.
My favourite pocket-sized product is organic rosehip oil. A brilliant hydrator, it’s packed full of face-saving antioxidants and since it’s ‘dry’ and quickly absorbed, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
I bought my first bottle after interviewing David Gandy, who revealed it was his go-to product. One teeny criticism: despite three years of using Trilogy’s best-selling organic rosehip oil, I still don’t have Mr Gandy’s good looks. Am I’m doing something wrong?
As a natural source of fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9, rosehip oil can help repair damaged skin and reduce visible scarring. It can even help combat signs of ageing*